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Turkey Tetrazzini

Turkey tetrazzini is a delicious pasta dish with a creamy sauce and cheese melted on top. This classic comfort meal is easy to make with less than 10 ingredients!

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Easy Leftover Turkey Recipe

If you’re looking for a way to use up that leftover roasted turkey from your Thanksgiving menu, this turkey tetrazzini recipe is the perfect solution! It’s an easy casserole dish that transforms day old turkey into a mouthwatering creamy pasta bake.

It’s easy to make and takes less than 10 ingredients. Plus it’s super comforting and always a family favorite. It’s one of my favorite leftover turkey recipes, as well as homemade turkey pot pie or leftover turkey soup.

If you’ve never had turkey tetrazzini, it’s a pasta dish with a creamy sauce and cheese melted on top. Pasta and cheese lovers will go crazy over this delicious dish. It combines the best of both worlds! We love to serve this pasta dish with a big chopped salad and leftover dinner rolls or french bread. Seriously so yummy!

Making turkey tetrazzini in pan

How to Make Turkey Tetrazzini

  1. Cook pasta. Cook pasta al dente, according to package directions. Then drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
  2. Make the sauce. Melt the butter over medium-heat in a skillet. Add in the chopped onions and cook for 3 to 5 minutes. Then add minced garlic and cook an additional minute. Next add in the turkey, cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. If you need to thin the sauce out a little, add in the pasta water. S&P to taste.
  3. Bake in oven. Toss together the sauce and noodles, then pour mixture in a buttered 8×8″ baking dish. Top with cheese and bake in oven at 350°F for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops is bubbly and lightly golden.
turkey tetrazzini with cheese in pan

Tips and Substitutions

  • Can use homemade cream of mushroom soup if you’d prefer to make your own.
  • Can add in 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms with the chopped onions.
  • You can also use cooked chicken instead of turkey if you prefer.
  • Cook the pasta al dente. Don’t overcook because it will cook even more in the oven. I like to use linguine noodles, but cooked spaghetti or even egg noodles would taste delicious.
  • For more texture, feel free to sprinkle some bread crumbs on top.
  • You can substitute chopped onions and minced garlic with 1/2 teaspoon both onion powder and garlic powder. Simply mix the seasonings with the melted butter.
  • Frozen peas also taste yummy in this dish. Mix them in when you stir together the sauce and noodles.

5 star review

“Delicious! Everyone loved it and helped me stretch my meals with out being bored of turkey.”

– Michelle

How to Freeze Turkey Tetrazzini

This dish makes a great freezer meal. Sometimes I double the recipe and pop one in the freezer for busy weeknights.

  • To freeze before baking: Mix together the noodles with the sauce, then pour into a buttered baking dish. Let cool completely, then add cheese on top. Cover tightly with foil or lid and place in the freezer.
  • To freeze after baking: Let cool completely, then cover with foil or a lid. Place in freezer until ready to enjoy.
  • Reheating: Let thaw in fridge overnight, then bake in oven at 350°F according to directions.
turkey tetrazzini being scooped out of dish

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Turkey Tetrazzini

5 from 12 votes
Turkey tetrazzini is a delicious pasta dish with a creamy sauce and cheese melted on top. This classic comfort meal is easy to make with less than 10 ingredients!
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 6

Ingredients 

  • 8 ounces thin spaghetti , or linguine
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 3 cups cooked turkey breast
  • 1 cup cream of mushroom soup , or cream of chicken
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 Tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

S&P, to taste

    Fresh parsley for serving

      Instructions

      • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 8×8" baking dish and set aside. Cook pasta al dente, according to package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
      • In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-heat. Add the onions and cook 3-5 minutes. Then add the garlic and cook an additional minute.
      • Next add in the turkey, cream of mushroom soup and sour cream. Add in pasta water if need to thin out. Salt and pepper to taste. Toss sauce with noodles and pour into baking dish.
      • Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is bubbly and lightly golden. Top with fresh parsley if desired.

      Notes

      Optional: Add in 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms with the onions. 
      You can substitute 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder if you’d rather omit the onions and garlic. Simply mix the seasonings with the melted butter and add to the cream mixture.

      Calories: 467.55kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.89g | Protein: 44.45g | Fat: 17.5g | Saturated Fat: 8.69g | Cholesterol: 140.47mg | Sodium: 831.63mg | Potassium: 554.46mg | Fiber: 1.52g | Sugar: 2.52g | Vitamin A: 380.12IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 117.25mg | Iron: 1.44mg

      Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

      Course: Main Dish
      Cuisine: Italian
      Author: Jamielyn Nye

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